CLIENT COMPANY SPOTLIGHT
Microcide Inc, client company of the Macomb-OU INCubator, has recently made great strides in the commercialization of their PRO-SAN and SILKY SOFT sanitizing products. Recent highlights include a trade mission to Panama and Costa Rica, a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and recent data that will potentially put many soaps off the market, thereby making room for SILKY SOFT to shine.
Microcide's U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-arranged U.S. Export Association-oriented trade mission to Panama and Costa Rica resulted in overwhelmingly positive responses from retail stores and chains, importers, distributors and food processors. Costa Rica is widely known as an environmentally-conscious green country, whereas Panama is a commercial capital with a vibrant economy of six to eight percent gross domestic product (GDP) per anum. Both these attributes bode well for Microcide and their antimicrobial products.
MAC-OU INC HAPPENINGS
|SUCCESSFUL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING CONSULTING FIRM TO BRING DEFENSE PROGRAMMING TO MACOMB COUNTY|
The Macomb-OU INCubator has partnered with Logistic Specialties Inc (LSI) and the Michigan Defense Center for series of talks to instruct small businesses on the ins and outs of government contracting in Southeast Michigan. The partners' alignment of goals is aided by their common location on-site at the Velocity Center in Sterling Heights.
"LSI is excited to partner with Mac-OU INC and the Michigan Defense Center," said Sean Slatter, LSI President & CEO. "We are all committed to creating new jobs in Michigan. This training series is one element of our overall strategy."
|SOCIAL MEDIA CLUB DETROIT PODCAST: YOUTUBE FOR BUSINESS 101|
As a part of the Social Media Club Detroit's EDU series at Mac-OU INC, they record subsequent podcasts as informational commentary on the sessions.
April's event, "YouTube for Business 101" is the basis for the podcast "Video for Business 101" featuring David Murray, Social Media Manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
If you missed this great event, a recap is available via SoundCloud: Video for Business 101.
|COUPON WALLET, 2014 STERLING EDGE BUSINESS AWARD WINNER|
A big congratulations to Coupon Wallet from Mac-OU INC!
Mac-OU INC on-site client company, Coupon Wallet, was recently recognized as the "Macomb-OU INCubator Business of the Year" at the Sterling Edge Business Awards. Coordinated by the City of Sterling Heights and the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the award ceremony took place at the Best Western Plus Sterling Inn. The City of Sterling Heights YouTube video
provides more information on the event.
MICHIGAN DARPA MD.MFP
|UNDERSTANDING AND NAVIGATING DARPA RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, A MICHIGAN SPONSORED WORKSHOP|
The M-TEC SmartZone in Houghton, MI, hosted this training on May 28 to a crowd nearly double the capacity. The purpose of the workshop is to provide attendees a broad overview of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program and teach them how to navigate the application process to compete for and win contracts.
Visit michigandarpa.org for details on the upcoming August 2014 training.
|BUTZEL LONG: "MICHIGAN INCREASES THE MINIMUM WAGE"|
Late yesterday the State House passed, and Governor Snyder signed into law, the "Workforce Opportunity Wage Act" which will increase in the Michigan minimum wage. The first increase will be to $8.15 per hour (from the current $7.40) and will take effect on September 1, 2014. The minimum wage will then be increased in steps to $9.25 per hour by January 1, 2018.
BUTZEL LONG: "THE SMAC REVOLUTION"
Businesses are rapidly trying to understand and integrate Social media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud computing ("SMAC") into their organizations in order to improve customer service and improve their competitiveness in the marketplace. This alert provides insight into the four components of SMAC and identifies some key issues that must be addressed when companies enter into contracts to utilize the technologies associated with these components.
|JIM RUMA: DEFENSE ARTICLES OF INTEREST|
JIm Ruma, Mac-OU INC's Executive-in-Residence with a focus on defense, keeps client companies up-to-date on defense news and offerings, in addition to helping them navigate this complicated sector. Articles of interest for May include:
National Defense: "Opportunities Abound to Sell to Special Operations Customers" by Yasmin Tadjdeh
Despite a downturn in military spending, some defense contractors believe that Special Operations Command is ripe with opportunities. Hundreds of companies exhibited this week at the National Defense Industrial Association's Special Operations Forces Industry Conference.
National Defense: "Language Programs Needed for Special Operators" by Yasmin Tadjdeh
As Special Operations Command shifts to a more global focus, its personnel have an urgent need to learn new languages, particularly in African, European and Asian countries, officials said May 21. Special operators over the past decade have worked alongside tribes and local communities in Afghanistan, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries building relationships.
|SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN'S TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS ACCELERATOR NETWORK REPORTS IMPACT: 7,225 TECHNOLOGY JOBS, 225 TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES, $300 MILLION IN INVESTMENT|
On May 28, Ann Arbor SPARK, Automation Alley, Macomb-OU INCubator and TechTown Detroit announced their collective economic impact on Southeast Michigan's innovation economy. Together the efforts of the region's key technology business accelerators have resulted in the creation of 7,225 technology jobs and 225 technology companies, which have gone on to secure more than $300 million in follow-on investment.
| ||EXPERTS, CONSUMERS WEIGH IN ON SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN ECONOMIC OUTLOOK|
Oakland University's latest Southeastern Michigan Economic Outlook reports signal gradual advancement in the local economy for 2014. Business executives and the GoldStar panel of economic experts are more optimistic than consumers about the economy in 2014. While overall consumer confidence is barely above neutral for the third consecutive quarter, consumers in Detroit and Pontiac are significantly more optimistic than others in the tri-county area.
|VizorTeam, Round 1 and Round 2 |
|GOOGLE GLASS APP DEVELOPMENT TEAM COMPETITION|
The results are in! The Decision & Information Sciences Department of Oakland University's School of Business Administration invited OU students to become Google Glassware app developers by identifying and developing concepts for game-changing technology in the Google Glass App Development Team Competition. Teams were challenged to identify a unique-to-Glass app idea and develop it to proof of concept using the Glass Development Kit following the competition guidelines. Phase I of the competition was judged based on the business plan, while Phase II involved the proof of concept.
Mac-OU INC team members were proud to contribute as competition judges. Congratulations to VizorTeam for their win of both phases!Read More
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6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Phone: (586) 884-9320 | macINC@oakland.edu